The Simpsons Xmas Book is a hardcover picture book, retelling the very first episode, “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” It’s pretty damn lovely.
I’ve seen other party favours, like paper plates and hats and everything, from around the same time, but this doesn’t seem like it’s part of that set: most of those follow the pink colour scheme they used a lot in the early years of the show.
Anyway, expect to see a LOT more of this around here. It’s going to be the background for basically all future photos.
Line: Burger King kid’s meal toys
Set: 5 – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie
These rubber figures were released in the kids meals at Burger King in the USA in 1989, and at Hungry Jack’s in Australia in 1990, which makes them one of the first (if not the very first) Simpsons fast food sets.
They have a camping theme, after the first season episode, “The Call Of The Simpsons”, in which the family loses their RV, stranding them in the woods.
They originally came with cardboard “diarama” backgrounds. I’ve seen pictures of them, but I’ve never seen them for sale or on display anywhere. The figures are fairly common in my experience, but if you have or find any of the backgrounds, don’t let them go!
Unless you want to give them to me, that is…
Set: 7 – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Nelson, Bartman
This line of figurines by Mattel was one of the first sets of Simpsons toys to be released. They can be hard to find now, and when you do, they can sell for crazy amounts. I’ve seen the full set, unopened, selling for $2000 on eBay. Or, you might luck out and find them going cheap.
I managed to find Bart and Maggie at second-hand markets for a couple bucks, and picked up Homer, Nelson and another Bart on eBay for about the same. They obviously didn’t know what they had! That’s just the basic figures though: I don’t have any of the accessories pictured above.